Troops of “Operation WHIRL STROKE” kill four kidnappers, rescue victims in Benue, Taraba


▪︎Destroy camp of regrouping elements of late Gana’s members

By Augustine Osayande

Troops of “Operation WHIRL STROKE” and 117 Guards Battalion on Friday raided a suspected kidnappers’ camp along Bakonu road in Nassarawa Local Government Area, Nassarawa State.

Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said 3 kidnapped victims were rescued while 2 kidnappers were killed in the course of the operation.

Enenche said the rescued victims had been reunited with their families.

Enenche said in another development, following credible intelligence on the possible regrouping of some elements linked to the late Gana at a hideout around Kwaghaondo village in Chanchanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops of Sector 2 conducted a dawn raid operation at the identified hideout.

He said the “gallant troops” made contact with the armed elements who opened fire and fled as troops closed in on their position.

Enenche said troops swiftly responded with superior firepower which led to the killing of 2 bandits while one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 15 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.

He added that troops had continued to dominate the area with “aggressive patrols and ambushes to deny bandits freedom of action.”

He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies remained committed, resolute and determined to curtail the activities of insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements in the country.

Enenche requested members of the general public to always continue to provide timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the nearest military and other security agencies’ location for prompt action.

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